Connectivity Enables Smart Cities, Smart Countries and a Smarter World

*Originally posted on [IoT Global Network](http://www.iotglobalnetwork.com/iotdir/2016/08/12/connectivity-enables-smart-cities-smart-countries-and-a-smarter-world-1820/) August 12th, 2016 by George Malim* The influx of wireless connectivity, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) has had dramatic effects on individuals’ lifestyles and the day-to-day operations of companies. For the public sector and increasingly, many in the private sector, connectivity is also improving the well being of the communities being served, writes Hubert Da Costa, the vice president of EMEA at Cradlepoint. On a consumer level, appliances and devices on wireless networks make it possible to start a coffee machine, washer, dryer, heater, cooler, outdoor lighting, indoor lighting, music system, and a million other systems — all while in bed, on the road, or even out of town. It’s a gateway to levels of efficiency and data that many of us never even dreamed of. It’s that type of efficiency and data that has cities, counties and countries imagining a smarter world. In many ways, it’s already happening, we just don’t realise it. [Read full article here...](http://www.iotglobalnetwork.com/iotdir/2016/08/12/connectivity-enables-smart-cities-smart-countries-and-a-smarter-world-1820/)